Owner and Director of Imagine Music Inc. (est. 1994)
Specializing in Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Digital Piano Lessons, Jazz Piano, Improvisation, Conservatory Canada Contemporary Syllabus, Conservatory Canada and RCM Theory
Imagine Music Inc. began with Jennifer as a sole proprietor. Twenty-five years later, and a growing teaching staff, Jennifer’s music school earned an undisputed reputation for quality and professionalism in the Calgary music community. Jennifer is a highly respected music teacher, accompanist, contemporary pop and jazz pianist, who plays at many events such as weddings, corporate parties and a variety of private functions.
Jennifer has been embellishing music ever since she was young. Starting on the organ, she quickly learned to chord and orchestrate the many varied sounds and rhythm settings. By the age of 16, she was teaching, using new and creative improvisation techniques with students of all ages. Later, as an adult, she went on to study piano and keyboard and graduating from Mount Royal College with a Diploma in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance. Jennifer has completed her Grade 8 from the Royal Conservatory of Music and has taught music students of all ages for over twenty-five years.
When she isn’t teaching, Jennifer is active throughout the musical community in Calgary. She is a member of the Alberta Piano Teacher’s Association (APTA) and a clinician running drop-in improvisation piano workshops for the Calgary Arts and Summer School Association CASSA four years in a row. Most of these CASSA piano students are classically trained, but within minutes of being in her class, without any knowledge of their skill levels, Jennifer gets them jamming on acoustic and electric pianos. This year we worked a jazz piece, “Softly as the Morning Sunrise” by Hancock. She enjoys teaching these piano classes immensely!
Teaching on How to Use Your Instrument
Jennifer often instructs on various brands of digital pianos and keyboards. “I teach many piano students how to operate and enjoy their musical equipment. The students have a lot of fun learning their instrument and seeing what it is capable of doing.” Jennifer says. Many people buy these highly functional keyboarding instruments and don’t know how to operate their keyboards or electric pianos to their maximum potential. Consequently, they only use the piano setting and don’t get to enjoy the full capability of these wonderful instruments.
“Thanks again for a wonderful improve session for the Piano Camp students“ – From Linda, President and Artistic Director of the Calgary Arts and Summer School
Jennifer’s Approach to Teaching:
Making music your own is an integral part of playing music. Being able to add fill-ins, improvise, interpret, or change your music makes you a more versatile piano player.
Young students need to learn the piano skills that keeps them playing as adults.
Adult students are taught to play piano for enjoyment and relaxation while expanding their physical and mental skills.
Jennifer incorporates music enjoyment for both the player and listener within the piano lesson.
Learning various pianos music styles is of value to the serious piano player.
It is important to recognize the musical skills of the piano student and expand on them.
“Muriel says Jennifer is “very great” and she loves taking piano from her!” From Karen, an Imagine Music Inc. parent
“Jennifer is amazing. We feel lucky to have found her. Both my girls have come a long way in a short time.” From Kim, an Imagine Music Inc. parent
“Jennifer has been exceptional at guiding me to work on piano pieces, theory, and technical work that are at exactly the right level. What I mean by that is, she always pushes me to do just a little bit more than I think I am capable of, allowing me to progress and experience successes along the way. I always leave my lesson feeling encouraged and energized! Many thanks!” From Arline, an Imagine Music Inc. adult student
“Jennifer provides balance to my musical instruction. In the last two years Jennifer has demonstrated the experience and musical expertise to provide the right pace of musical instruction balanced with the proper amount of theory, playing and integration of individual special needs. This balance makes lessons seem like cooperative musical production as well as a teaching moment. Jennifer often performs songs to be learned on the organ that I video to learn from as well. For me, this all adds up to a positive realization of talent and confidence that has led to true musical growth and playing pleasure.“ From Terry, an Imagine Music Inc. adult student
“Terry attended the level 3 contemporary music exam in June. We have received a letter from Conservatory Canada saying he is the winner of the Medal for Excellence of Grade 3 in Alberta . We are so happy to hear that and would like to share that with you and express our appreciation to your great work! Again thank you for teaching Terry to achieve such excellent result.“ – From Silver, an Imagine Music Inc. dad
“On CBC Radio One there was program about the book Alice’s Brain. In this book a long-time piano teacher has a stroke and after quite a struggle is able to play piano again. She related how, when playing the piano, she does not feel disabled. I have experienced this at the organ thanks to you……… I, for one, truly appreciate this gift you give us beyond just teaching us the piano or organ. “From Terry, an Imagine Music Inc. adult organ student